25 Memorable Quotes From Cloud Atlas

I haven’t gotten lazy, it is just that semester starts tomorrow and I gotta get this finished love affair out of my head and concluded into text.  I may dedicate some of my remaining into Paint-ing nice pictures out of them, but for now here you go: personally selected quotes from Cloud Atlas.  

“She was widely read enough to appreciate my literary wit but not so widely read that she knew my sources. I like that in a woman.”


“As an experienced editor, I disapprove of flashbacks, foreshadowings, and tricksy devices; they belong in the 1980s with M.A.s in postmodernism and chaos theory.”

“Perhaps those deprived of beauty perceive it most instinctively.”


“Truth is singular. Its ‘versions’ are mistruths.”


“A man like me has no business with this substance “beauty,” yet here she is, in these soundproofed chambers of my heart.”


“Cowardice is nothing to do with it – suicide takes considerable courage. Japanese have the right idea. No, what selfish is to demand another to endure an intolerable existence, just to spare families, friends, and enemies a bit of soul-searching.”


“Time is the speed at which the past decays.”


“Implausible truth can serve one better than plausible fiction”


“Conduct your life in such a way that, when your train breaks down in the eve of your years, you have a warm, dry car driven by a loved one – or a hired one, it matters not – to take you home.”


Times are you say a person’s b’liefs ain’t true, they think you’re sayin’ their lifes ain’t true an’ their truth ain’t true.


“Once any tyranny becomes accepted as ordinary, its victory is assured.”


“A half-read book is a half-finished love affair.”


“Books don’t offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw.”


“Unlimited power in the hands of limited people always leads to cruelty.”


Fantasy. Lunacy. All revolutions are, until they happen, then they are historical inevitabilities.”


“Now I’m a spent firework; but at least I’ve been a firework.”


“My dreams are the single unpredictable factor in my zoned days and nights. Nobody allots them, or censors them. Dreams are all I have ever truly owned.”


“The better organized the state, the duller its humanity.”


“Anticipating the end of the world is humanity’s oldest pastime”


“Lying’s wrong, but when the world spins backwards, a small wrong may be a big right.”


“History admits no rules; only outcomes.”


“Humor is the ovum of dissent, and the Juche should fear it.”


“Why fight the ‘natural’ (oh, weaselly word!) order of things? Why? Because of this–one fine day, a purely predatory world shall consume itself. In an individual, selfishness uglifies the soul; for the human species, selfishness is extinction.”


“Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.”


“Your life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean.” “Yet, what is any ocean but a multitude of drops?”


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